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Parents, and baby, remake ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Alien’ with cardboard

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Even Orson the baby is in shock that his parents could so cleverly re-create this scene from "Jaws" using cardboard …

For Cardboard Box Office, a couple brings the magical world of film home for their son using cardboard boxes, household items, imagination, and a lot of love.

By Bonnie Burton, CNET

When your home is overrun with cardboard boxes thanks to a move, you can store them in the basement, recycle them, or better yet, transform them into your own magical world full of dinosaurs, aliens, sharks, and Jedi.

That's exactly what Lilly and Leon Mackie did to entertain themselves and their newborn son, Orson. Rather than get rid of all their boxes, they built movie sets and props out of them, and other household items, to re-create scenes from their favorite films -- with themselves as the stars.

The parents, along with baby Orson, act out scenes from "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Star Wars," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Home Alone," "The Dark Knight," "Die Hard," "Apollo 13," "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," and more. Then they post photos weekly on their Web siteCardboard Box Office.

"The project began after finding that we had accumulated both a lot of cardboard boxes (due to moving to a new country) and a baby (due to giving birth)," the Mackies write on their Web site. "With our social lives drastically altered we decided to find a way to make some of those housebound weekends a little more fun."

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This re-created scene from "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" shows that even with just cardboard boxes, blankets …

Ironically, their re-creation of an underwater scene from "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" almost looks more like a Wes Anderson film than the original scene. And while scenes from "Alien" and "Jaws" are more adorable than scary, it's interesting to see the baby's facial expressions in all the photos. We can only imagine what thoughts are racing through little Orson's brain as he looks around, from atop a cardboard ship surrounded in blue sheets representing the ocean, to see his father looking frightened by a homemade shark.

Here are some of our favorite photos:

"Jurassic Park"

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This cardboard and blanket T-Rex might even be more magical than the real thing featured in "Jurassic Park." (Credit: …

"Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom"

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The mine shaft chase scene in "Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom" is even cuter when it takes place in a crib …

"Alien"

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The famous "alien bursting from the stomach" scene from the movie "Alien" is now officially more adorable thanks …

"Star Wars"

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Lilly and Leon Mackie are Princess Leia and Han Solo, baby Orson is Luke Skywalker, and Orson's teddy bear may …

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